Santiago is home to one of the many amazing restoration programs of the Galapagos archipelago. Santiago’s giant tortoises were on the brink of extinction in the past. Now, they roam the wild once more. Additionally, land iguanas were declared extinct on the island for over a hundred years. The iguanas are back and breeding.

Santiago was severely impacted by the many invasive animals that were introduced in the past. We rarely see any of these animals anymore, and the island will soon be declared pristine.